Torres, Dynamo aim to continue hot streak vs. Revs
A resurgent New England Revolution squad will be put to the test Saturday against red-hot Erick "Cubo" Torres and the Houston Dynamo at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
Torres, a 24-year-old Mexican forward, leads MLS in scoring with six goals for Houston (3-1-0), which trails the Portland Timbers by a point for first place in the Western Conference.
Three of those goals came last Saturday in the Dynamo's 4-1 win over the New York Red Bulls, earning him MLS Player of the Week honors. Torres is the first player in club history to score in four consecutive matches.
"It's my first hat trick in life and we need to continue working," Torres told MLSSoccer.com. "We have 29 games left."
New England (1-2-1) is on the rise after salvaging a 1-1 draw at Portland Sunday on Lee Nguyen's 85th-minute equalizer. The Revolution beat Minnesota United FC 5-2 for their first win on March 25.
"It's putting these games together," New England coach Jay Heaps told the team's website. "If you do get that point on the road and you're able to solidify a good result, and you have that opportunity to come home, you have to solidify it with three points."
Nguyen, the Revolution's leading scorer with three goals, has scored in three straight regular-season matches. The 30-year-old Vietnamese American midfielder had been scoreless in six straight league games prior to the outburst.
The Revolution average 1.75 goals while the Dynamo are tied for the league lead with 2.75 per game, a marked improvement after finishing second-to-last in that category a season ago.
Houston will be without defender Agus (left hamstring), forward Romell Quioto (shoulder) and midfielder Juan David Cabezas (concussion) against New England, which is at full strength. Dynamo goalkeeper Joe Willis (knee) is questionable.
New England is 10-5-7 all-time versus Houston and 3-1-2 in the last six meetings. The Revolution have only lost twice in 11 regular-season home games against the Dynamo, going 4-2-5.
Updated April 6, 2017